Peter MacKay

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Peter MacKay

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MacKay in 2011
50th Minister of Justice
Attorney General of Canada
In office
July 15, 2013 – November 4, 2015
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byRob Nicholson
Succeeded byJody Wilson-Raybould
39th Minister of National Defence
In office
August 14, 2007 – July 15, 2013
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byGordon O'Connor
Succeeded byRob Nicholson
6th Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
February 6, 2006 – August 14, 2007
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byPierre Pettigrew
Succeeded byMaxime Bernier
Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
In office
February 6, 2006 – January 19, 2010
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byJoe McGuire
Succeeded byKeith Ashfield
Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
March 22, 2004 – November 5, 2015
LeaderStephen Harper
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byDenis Lebel
Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party
In office
May 31, 2003 – December 7, 2003
Preceded byJoe Clark
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Central Nova
In office
June 28, 2004 – October 19, 2015
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded bySean Fraser
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough
In office
June 2, 1997 – June 28, 2004
Preceded byRoseanne Skoke
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Crown Attorney
for Central Region, Nova Scotia
In office
1993–1997
Personal details
Born
Peter Gordon MacKay

(1965-09-27) September 27, 1965 (age 55)
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada
Political partyConservative (since 2003)
Other political
affiliations
Progressive Conservative (1997–2003)
Spouse(s)
Children
  • Kian Alexander
  • Valentia Makaja
  • Caledon Cyrus
Alma mater
OccupationCrown attorney, diplomat, lawyer, politician

Peter Gordon MacKay PC QC (born September 27, 1965) is a Canadian lawyer and politician. He was a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada from 1997 to 2015. He was Minister of Justice and Attorney General (2013–2015), Minister of National Defence (2007–2013), and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2006–2007) in the Cabinet of Canada under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.[1] MacKay was the last leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. He was the one that made the choice to combine the party with Harper's Canadian Alliance party in 2003 to create the Conservative Party of Canada.[2]

Before becoming a politician, MacKay was a lawyer in Nova Scotia. He was one of the Crown Attorneys in the province.[3] MacKay was the Member of Parliament for the electoral area of Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough from 1997 to 2004 and Central Nova from 2004 to 2015.[4] For the 2015 election, he said that he would not try to be elected again.[5]

In January 2020, MacKay announced his candidacy for Conservative Party leader in the 2020 leadership election.[6] He lost the election to Erin O'Toole.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Allies of former Conservative Party minister Peter MacKay mull leadership bid". Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  2. Berthiaume, Lee (May 30, 2015). "Peter MacKay: The man who changed Canada". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  3. Hasselback, Drew (January 25, 2016). "Peter MacKay says current focus is on new gig as lawyer with Baker and McKenzie, not politics". Financial Post. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  4. "The Hon. Peter Gordon MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P." Parlinfo. Parliament of Canada. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  5. Johnson, Andy (May 29, 2015). "Peter MacKay confirms he won't seek re-election". CTV News. CTV Television Network. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  6. Cullen, Catherine (January 15, 2020). "'I'm in': Peter MacKay confirms he's running for the Conservative leadership". CBC. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  7. Connolly, Amanda (August 24, 2020). "Erin O'Toole is the new leader of the Conservative Party, wins on third ballot". Global News. Retrieved August 25, 2020.

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